Q: Does the fellowship pay?
A: Yes! Fellows will be paid $17/hour for 8 hours per week for the duration of the fellowship. Total compensation is $2,040.
Q: What is the time commitment?
A: Fellows will work 8 hours/week for 15 weeks (Fall: Mid-August to Early December; Spring: Mid-January – End of April). About half of those hours will be scheduled meetings with your cohort and supervisor (during a typical work day), the other half will be more flexible to fit your schedule.
Q: Do I need to be located in a certain area?
A: Residency requirements will depend on the service areas of participating host foundation. So far we know the program will serve residents across the state of Colorado. For any host foundations that have specific service areas, we will recruit and place fellows from those locations.
Q: What does “underrepresented in philanthropy” mean?
A: Philanthropy has a loaded and complicated history. The GIV fellowship seeks to prepare youth from communities underrepresented in the philanthropic sector for effective careers in the field. “Underrepresented” may include youth who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+, immigrants, first-generation college students, or living with a disability. It might also mean someone who has had a formative experience that gives them a unique perspective. If you consider your voice to be “underrepresented in philanthropy or decision-making,” just explain why in the application.
Q: I’m a full time student, can I participate?
A: Absolutely! Because the schedule is fairly flexible, you plan the hours around your schedule. Keep in mind that fellows must be available for a 2 hour cohort meeting on Mondays (fellows’ schedule will be taken into account before finalizing the time) and 6 hours per week with your host foundation. Please note any commitments or anticipated schedule conflicts in your application so we can determine the best fit for you and the host foundations.
Q: What kind of work will I do during the fellowship?
A: The fellowship is a deep dive into the operations of foundations. You’ll learn all about what goes into reviewing grant applicants and selecting grantees, foundation finances and programming, and critiques and innovation in the field of philanthropy. You’ll finish the fellowship by completing a capstone project with your host foundation.
Q: Do I have to be a US Citizen?
A: No, you don’t need to be a citizen, but you do need to be legally eligible to work in the US. DACA recipients and anyone with employment authorization are welcome and encouraged to apply.
Q: Can I choose which foundation I intern with?
A: Fellows will be placed at a host foundation based on their location and funding areas of interest. Please select all areas that you are interested in working on in your application. Final placement will be at the discretion of YouthRoots and the host foundation(s).
Q: I’d love to spend some time at the office. Does it have to be all remote?
A: If students and foundations both agree to arrange for some hours at the office, that’s great! Transportation support (mileage, bus passes, etc.) will be arranged on an ad-hoc basis as needs arise. This is completely voluntary as circumstances may prevent Fellows from traveling to their host foundation office.
Q: What materials do I need to participate?
A: Fellows will be provided with all of the information they need to know about their host foundation and the work they will be doing at the start of the fellowship. Because the fellowship is remote, fellows will need access to a device (tablet, computer, etc) and the internet. There’s space in the application for you to let us know if you don’t have access to a device and internet (this will not impact your application).